DENVER- Chasson Randle’s game-high 29 points paced Stanford to a 66-57 victory over Denver on Sunday afternoon.
Playing its first road game of the year and fourth contest of a 10-day stretch overall, Stanford (3-1) trailed 25-24 at halftime but took control midway through the second half.
Randle was dominant offensively, finishing 10-14 from the field and 7-9 from the foul line while making both of his three-point tries. He also collected three steals, all of which led to either highlight-worthy fast breaks or dunks.
Anthony Brown scored all 12 of his points in the second half for the Cardinal, which shot 44.4 percent overall (52.2 percent over the final 20 minutes) and cashed in from the foul line with a 23-34 clip.
Denver (0-2) was led by Chris Udofia’s 20 points and 10 rebounds. The Pioneers were just 15-25 from the charity stripe, typically an area of strength.
In a game that featured six ties and nine lead changes, both teams struggled to find a rhythm offensively in the first half. Stanford was just 8-22 from the field while Denver was 9-24, with Randle and Udofia carrying both of their respective teams.
Leading 41-39, Stanford embarked on a 16-5 scoring run that was capped when Brown converted the second of two free throws to make it 57-44 with 4:16 remaining.
A lay-up by Nate Engesser with two seconds left prevented Stanford from a double-digit victory.
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NOTES: Stanford improved to 9-2 all-time against Denver and has won six consecutive games in the series … The Cardinal improved to 4-5 in games tipping off at 12 p.m. or earlier local time under head coach Johnny Dawkins. Today’s contest was a 12 p.m. MT (11 a.m. PT) start … Chasson Randle averaged 25.3 points in three games this week, shooting 27-47 (57.4 percent) from the field … Anthony Brown has reached double-figure scoring in four straight games for the first time in his career … Marcus Allen made the first of two free throws for his first collegiate point … Schuyler Rimmer grabbed three rebounds in six minutes off the bench … Josh Huestis recorded two blocks, tying Matt Haryasz for fourth place in school history on the career blocks list at 130 … Stanford finished with nine steals, including a career-high five from Anthony Brown … Stanford received only one field goal from its bench, with John Gage connecting on a fadeaway jumper in the first half.